In the four days that Shyamal Karmakar, main accused in the murder of 19-year-old student Sourav Chowdhury in Bamangachhi, remained absconding, was found to have put up in a lodge at Tarapeeth which was booked by a Trinamool Congress leader, Sisir Mukherjee, a resident of Chaulpatti at Beleghata.
A team of Bamangachhi police Thursday went to the lodge with Shyamal and Ratan Bagh, the two who had put up at the lodge on July 7. According to the register of the lodge, the room was booked by Sisir, a known TMC leader in Barasat area. His voter ID had been given as photo identification to book the room but the phone number given was a fake one, incidentally that of a former newspaper reporter.
“Three of them had put up at the lodge. Shyamal had shaved off his head and used to be in the room most of the time. They were to board the Gaur Express on July 8 when they were arrested by the police,” said a police official. The team reconstructed how the trio went there, bargained on the room tariff and settled for Rs 600 a night and got the AC room number 102. They had also gone to the local temple to offer prayers. The entire reconstruction was videographed.
Police Thursday raided the Beleghata residence of Sisir but he was not home. “We are working in different teams. Each team is working on different aspects to speed up investigation. They would submit their reports to me to prepare the final report,” said a senior official of Bamangachhi PS who did not comment on why Sisir was not arrested the day Shyamal and Ratan were held at the lodge.
“We are looking for Sisir at the moment but are not aware of his whereabouts,” he said. They added, there has been some development in the case but it could not be shared for the sake of investigation. Senior TMC leaders of the area were unavailable for comments.